Top 10 Tuesdays: Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings on GoodReads

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly feature/meme created over at Broke and Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten is:

Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings on GoodReads 

This was a tough one, apparently, I don’t read many books with low ratings. To be more specific I’ve only read 4 books with less than 2000 ratings on Goodreads. So let’s check them out!

Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings on GoodReads:

  1. Dis Ek, Anna {Elbie Lotter}: 500 Ratings – This is an Afrikaans book about a young girl who is molested by her stepfather from a very young age. Years later when she’s older and more courageous, she decides to write about what happened and how she survived the ordeal. Dis Ek, Anna is based on a true story. This is one of the first books I read out of my own free will and it was amazing. It’s disturbing and beautiful.
  2. Sheer Abandon {Penny Vincenzi}: 2161 Ratings – This book follows the lives of three women who meet by chance at Heathrow airport in 1985 as they are starting off on separate backpacking adventures, and they decide to spend the first few days of their trips together in Thailand. When they go their separate ways they vow to meet up back in London the following year. But many years pass before their paths cross again, but now one of them harbours a terrible secret: On her return from her pre-college excursion, she abandoned her just-born daughter at Heathrow. It was an alright book. I read it when I was much younger and I didn’t really understand a lot of the themes in the book, but it was an alright book.
  3. Siener in die Suburbs {P.G du Plessis}:49 Ratings – This is actually a play of about 56 pages but it is amazing. It’s another Afrikaans book and I read it for school. This play takes place in an impoverished neighbourhood of Johannesburg. Jakes is a “zef” guy who wants a baby mama. Tiemie, his girlfriend, wants to get out of the neighbourhood, marry a rich man and wants people to know about her. Her brother, Tjokkie is a seer that sees Tiemie is pregnant with another man’s baby and this all leads to tragic ending.
  4. Fiela se Kind {Dalene Matthee}: 1360 Ratings – I honestly read this book at a snail pace. I had this book as prescribed reading for two years in school and hated every single minute of it. I won’t bore you with the details of the book. It’s another Afrikaans book though 🙂

The following books I haven’t actually read YET but I hope to read them soon:

  1. The Ghosts of Heaven {Marcus Sedgwick}: 1993 Ratings – A bold, genre-bending epic that chronicles madness, obsession, and creation, from the Palaeolithic era through the Witch Hunts and into the space-bound future.
  2. All That is Solid Melts into Air {Darragh McKeon}: 1375 Rating – All That is Solid Melts into Air is a gripping end-of-empire novel, charting the collapse of the Soviet Union through the focal point of the Chernobyl disaster. Part historical epic, part love story, it recalls The English in its mix of emotional intimacy and sweeping landscape.
  3. Year of Mistaken Discoveries {Eileen Cook}: 458 Rating – As first graders, Avery and Nora bonded over a special trait they shared: they were both adopted.
  4. The Wolf Wilder {Kathrine Rundell}: 1146 Ratings – A girl and the wolves who love her embark on a rescue mission through Russian wilderness in this lyrical tale from the author of the acclaimed Rooftoppers and Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms.

That’s honestly all the books that I have on my Read and To-Read lists under 2000 Ratings. I cannot think of any other books so 8 will have to do. 🙂 Please suggest any other books under 2000 rating that are must reads.

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Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Lesley Walton

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava LavenderMy Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Date of Publication: 27th March 2014

Genre: Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy & Science fiction, Romance

Pages: 301

Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

REVIEW

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender was such an amazing read. Lesley Walton really hit it out of the part with her Debut novel and I cannot wait to read more of her books. Her writing was so beautiful and had me hooked from the very start. This book was so different from most Young Adult novels and I appreciated it! Not only was the story so interesting and had the BEST ending, the characters and character descriptions were close to (if not absolute) perfection.

Please be advised that there are MAJOR spoilers ahead. I do not recommend that you continue reading this review if you are planning on reading the book. Seriously. Don’t do it!

This book had the best and quirkiest bunch of characters I’ve ever read about. I loved that the story took you all the way back to Ava’s great-grandmother Maman. The story starts when Maman and Beauregard Roux immigrate to America with their four children, Emilienne, Rene, Margaux and Pierette. In Manhattan Beauregard is murdered by a man who wrongfully suspects that he is having an affair with his wife. Rene is shot dead by his gay, married lover. Pierette falls inlove with a much older man and turns into a yellow canary. Margaux has an affair with Emilienne’s boyfriend and falls pregnant with his child. After the boy is born Margaux kills herself and the baby. Eventually Maman fades into thin air leaving behind Emilienne who is now all alone. I love how all of their deaths are basically romanticised by Walton. It turns the depressing subject of death into a beautiful piece of writing.

After failing every other attempt to get the ornithologist to notice her – including a rather disastrous event where she appeared on the stoop of his apartment building wearing nothing but a few feathers plastered to an indiscreet place – Pierette took the extreme step of turning herself into a canary.”

Fast forward a few chapters to where Elilienne’s daughter, Vivianne, gives birth to twins Ava and Henry. Ava is born cocooned in white and brown speckled wings and Henry follows, without wings and hates to be touched. To protect her children from the outside world Vivienne never lets her children leave the house on Pinnacle Lane. As they grow up Ava makes friends with her neighbour, Cardigan. Ava eventually also falls in love with Cardigan’s brother.

Although this book is technically about Ava Lavender I cannot help but love her grandmother, Emilienne’s, story more. All the characters are so interesting, even the very disturbed Nathaniel Sorrows that ultimately brings the book to a very tragic ending. I do love Ava and Henry so much.

At first the book is very light hearted. Everybody’s death is written beautifully almost as if explained to a child. But as the book progressed the story became a bit more disturbing. It described the disturbing and cruel side of obsession. Reading the last couple of chapters where the story reached its climax was so cringe worthy.

He gagged me with one of his handkerchiefs. Hot tears streamed from my eyes. “I wish you didn’t make me do that. You have such a pretty mouth,” he said, stroking my cheek. He flipped me on my stomach then, my face pressed against the carpet and arms trapped beneath me. Keeping a firm grasp on my wings, he undid his belt.”

“He rubbed my feathers between his fingers, then dipped his face to my shoulder blades. I could feel his breath on my skin. “Because that’s what I imagine an angel will feel like.”

Nathaniel Sorrows is a deeply disturbed man obsessed with Ava because he is convinced she is an angel but no one knows it. He takes his obsession so far that he becomes aroused by touching feathers, more specifically Ava’s feathers. After raping Ava he realises that she isn’t an angel after all and decides to hack of her wings because she is an imposter. Everything is described in such detail that it is really disturbing to read, but it shows the cruelty and psychopathic mind set of Nathaniel perfectly.

In the end Ava survives the attack but is left without wings and a will to live. Ava finds piece in the last chapter and it is beautifully bitter sweet.

“I like to think that he watched as I climbed over the side of the rickety widow’s walk, my toes perched on the ledge, my fingers clasped lightly to the railing behind me. Perhaps he noted, with quiet irony, that never before had anyone more resembled an angel.”

“But mostly, I like to think that Jack Griffith, my father, smiled as I let go of the railing behind me an, stretching my wings to that star studded sky, soared into the night.”

There are so many people who think that Ava Lavender commits suicide at the end. But this is not true. In the beginning of the book, Ava writes a letter dated 2014. That means it is almost 50 years after the events that takes place in the book. So yeah… Ava lives… Maybe she is an angel now. 🙂

This really was a strange and beautiful song. I’d recommend that everyone should read this book. It funny and emotional and heart breaking and pure perfection. I’d just like to say “Thank You Lesley Walton. This was amazing.”

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Top 5 Wednesdays: Settings I Want to See More

Top 5 Wednesdays is a meme on Goodreads started by Lainey. This week the topic is:

Top 5 Settings You Want to See More: These can be time periods (historical or futuristic) or places (real or fictitious)!

Book readers always say that books can transport you to new and exciting worlds full of adventure, romance or maybe even terror and monsters. This week we get to take a look at book settings we loved or found interesting as hell. There were so many times after reading a book that I had a moment of sadness because I didn’t want to leave those worlds behind yet. So let’s take a moment to look at some setting in books that I would to see more of:

  1. South Africa: Yeah, Yeah… I know… I live in South Africa so why would I want to see more of it in books? BECAUSE my sweet readers, I love this freakin’ place! It beautiful for a start 🙂 But let me clarify… There are so many books about South Africa (Many of those being Nelson Mandela/Apartheid related) What I would like to see is more international books about characters coming to South Africa on some kickass adventure. In the Firebird Series by Claudia, the characters travel to Russia… Come to SA next!!!
  2. Intergalactic: I know there is a SHIT load of books about intergalactic travel. But I LOVE it! I think it’s so interesting and adventure-y and I’d like to read a lot more about people stuck in space, traveling through space, escaping from space invaders, SPACE SPACE SPACE!! 😀
  3. Wasteland: This setting is highly influenced by my love of playing Fallout 4. I’m obsessed. I have read some books about people traveling through a wasteland (or something wasteland-ish) And I like it. Sub-optimal conditions make for great adventures apparently. Who’d have thought?
  4. Futuristic Earth: But in a positive light. I know that we are probably destined to end up like the movie Idiocracy (Starring Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph) but I like reading books that take place in a world where the future earth is much better than it is now. It keeps me hopeful (even though I am funny aware that I’m reading Science Fiction.
  5. Magic Worlds: I wanted to say Hogwarts at first… But then I thought “Nah”… Don’t get me wrong I loved the Hogwarts setting but I thought I’d broaden that a bit and say that I’d like to see more magical settings. Magic towns and schools and all that magical goodness!

And that’s my Top 5 Settings I would like to see more of. This was such a fun topic and I’m SO happy about the Topics for July. They are awesome! 🙂

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Top 10 Tuesdays: Books to be Made into Movies/TV Series

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly feature/meme created over at Broke and Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten is:

Freebie Week – Topic of your choice or do a topic you missed

I decided to go back to a topic that was done on 1 May 2012. There have obviously been so many remakes of this topic over the years. And now it’s my time to give my 2 cents on the topic 😀 So without further ado.

Top 10 Books to be Made into Movies/TV Series

  1. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – (Movie) I’m currently reading this book and I am LOVING it! It truly is Strange and Beautiful! I think it’ll make an amazing movie. I’m sure of it!
  2. The Lunar Chronicles – (TV Series) This is honestly my FAVOURITE book series so needless to say this would be GREAT to watch on TV. But movies leave out too many details so series it is. And that would mean I’ll be able to watch this amazing book play out over 4+ wonderful years! *fangirl*
  3. Firebird Series – (Movie) I thought that the plot for this series was SO interesting. I think that it’ll be a great Trilogy 🙂
  4. Starbound Series – (TV Series) I think this could be a cool tv series that’ll have s steady following. It’s “cute” retellings.
  5. Pivot Point – (Movie) Move over Twilight, we have a new paranormal teen movie, minus the vampires. I loved this book and the idea behind it. Hopefully, in the movies, they will bring in more about the paranormal abilities than they did in the books.
  6. The Remnant Chronicles – (TV Series/Movie) I honestly wouldn’t mind it being a Movie or a TV series. I really enjoyed the books so far and it would be awesome to see in on my screen.
  7. Every Heart A Doorway – (Movie) AHHHH!! This book was so cool… it was so random and I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. I think it would be a quirky movie. I imagine it having a Sucker Punch type of vibe to it.
  8. All the Light We Cannot See – (Movie) JUST MOVIE IT!
  9. The Wolf Wilder – (Movie) I haven’t actually read the book yet, but the synopsis sounds like the kind of book that could make an amazing movie. I’ll let you know if I change my mind after reading it…
  10. The Selection Series – (TV Series) Princesses. Drama. Pretty Dresses. Yeah, I’d probably watch the shit out of a show like that! 🙂

I was so excited to do this topic because I was thinking about starting a new meme. I want to start a Book Character to Movie Cast Member meme(I’ll work on the name). I’ll then be taking the characters from books and cast real people who I’d like to see play those book characters in movies/tv shows.

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My Life in Books – Tag

Hello there 🙂

It’s Friday night and I’m in the mood to do another Book Tag! So I’ll be doing the My Life in Books tag. I wasn’t nominated or anything, but whatev’s. So Enjoy!!

1.

Find a book for each of your Initials:

Well my initials are I.V.D.B so my books are –If I Stay– –Vain– –The DUFF– -The Beauty of Darkness-

If I StayVainThe DUFFThe Beauty of Darkness

2.

Count Your Age Along Your Bookshelf:

I am 23 years old 🙂 And on my Goodreads bookshelf book number 23 is The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

3.

Pick a Book in Your City/State/Country:

I live in South Africa and I haven’t read many books that plays out in my City, Province or Country. I did read Vain from the Seven Deadly Sins which largely takes place in Africa,  Uganda specifically. The characters do end up taking a trip to Cape Town and that’s at least in my country 🙂

Vain

 

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Pick a Book that Represents a Destination You Would Love to Travel:

This one was really easy! I totally want to travel to any magical place in the Harry Potter universe. I don’t care if it’s Hogwarts, Hogsmeade or even the Burrow, I want to go there 🙂 NOW please!

Hogwarts

5 Pick a Book that is Your Favourite Colour

I love colours! Every colour of the rainbow is beautiful (maybe not yellow :/ ) At the moment I’m really loving the colour red though. Bringing some warmth to the winter months  ahead 🙂 so here are some beautiful books with red book covers.

Me Before YouIlluminaeThe Girl in 6EThis Shattered World

 

6.

Which Book Do You Have the Fondest Memories Of?

Well there are two book series that mean so much to me. The Lunar Chronicles got me into reading in the first place. It’s the first series I read because I wanted to, and I fell in love. I felt that if a book can make me feel so good and stay with me for so long after reading it, I need to go out and discover more books, more stories. And I did just that and haven’t looked back yet! The book series that had the biggest impact on my life is hands down Harry Potter. I learned so many things reading the series 🙂

Harry Potter Lunar Chrinicles

 

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Which Book Did You Have the Most Difficulty Reading?

Fiela se Kind. I’ve tried so many times to read this book. It was prescribed reading in school for 2 years and I still have not managed to finish this book. It is an Afrikaans book and really REALLY well known in South Africa but damn I just couldn’t read it. And I will not try again. #sorrynotsorry

Fiela se Kind

 

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Which Book in Your TBR Pile Will Give You the Biggest Sense of Accomplishment When You Finish Reading It?

This is a tough one… I really feel a sense of accomplishment after every book I read. I get to see a new world every time I open a new book and that is so amazing. 🙂

And that’s it 🙂 Whoo hoo!

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Review: Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

Ten Thousand Skies Above YouMy Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Publisher: Harper Teen

Date of Publication: 3rd November 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 424

Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)

Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions. 

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared. 

The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamouring for the next book.

REVIEW

“I’ve been kidnapped, held at gunpoint, bombed from the air, nearly crushed in a submarine, exposed to the Russian winter until I nearly died of hypothermia, and chased by a torch-bearing mob intent on burning me for witchcraft. Every time, I’ve kept myself together. Every time, I survived.”

Well there you have it folks! Marguerite summed up her own story in 48 words. My work here is done! Review over! I’m kidding of course!

Ten Thousand Skies Above You is the second book in the Firebird series and in my opinion is cursed like so many middle books in a trilogy. I really enjoyed A Thousand Pieces of you SO much. I put it in my Top 5 favourite books I’ve read this year. I loved the story, the characters, everything. I was so excited to start reading Ten Thousand Skies Above! But now I feel kind of disappointed. This book was not great. It wasn’t BAD, it just didn’t live up to my expectations compared to ATPOY. I’m kind of nervous to read the last book of the trilogy, A Million Worlds with You. Will it blow my mind? Or crash and burn? I’m hoping it’s the former!

In my review for ATPOF I said that Marguerite Caine is hands down one of my favourite literary heroines to date. I would like to formally retract my statement. I was so very disappointed in Marguerite in this book. It has A LOT to do with my hate of Love Triangles.  She was so sure of her love for Paul Markov at the end of A Thousand Pieces of You, but in Ten Thousand Skies Above You I questioned whether she truly loves him, or if she loves whoever she’s stuck with. Almost like Stockholm Syndrome. In Marguerite’s defence it has to be confusing to travel with Theo who keeps forcing his love onto her. I mean… Heart Manipulation much? Back off Theo!

Being in love with a girl who doesn’t love you back? It sucks. I’d know” – Theo

During the air raid, I found a picture of you in my pocket. You wrote on the back, ‘with all my love.’” Actually he said something about eternal love , but maybe I can leave that part out. “I can believe that,” he says evenly. “Doesn’t mean the feeling’s mutual, though.”

I was so excited to read more about Paul Markov in this book! But no… I knew deep down in my heart that I should not get too attached. YA authors love breaking your heart. They are quite the sadistic bunch of people! And I was not wrong. It made for a good twist in the story to splinter Paul’s soul. It also opened up a window for that triangle I was talking about. I just wished to see Paul more.

Ten Thousand Skies Above You had some great twists and some not so great ones. I wondered what role Romalo played in Marguerite’s life and why she ended up in so many dimensions with Margie. I thought that her parents being part of the group trying to rule all the dimensions was a little bit predictable. It was like Claudia Gray was trying to shock us with a twist that turned out kind of boring.

I am excited to read the next book only because of the end of Ten Thousand Skies Above You. I’m so excited to see how Marguerite handles being trapped inside of herself. Dare I call it justice? Marguerite is constantly saying who unfair it is for people to take over someone else’s bodies and live their lives, but she doesn’t think twice about jumping from one form of herself to the other. You’s a hypocrite bitch! She even falls pregnant with Russian’s Paul’s child. :/ Oh that’s a spoiler! Sorry!

A Million Worlds with You is going to be one hell of an emotional roller coaster. I can feel it! 🙂 Hearts will break (mine being one of them), trust will be lost and this series will finally reach its end in November. I’m excited, nervous and sad all at once.

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Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot PointMy Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Publisher: Harper Teen

Date of Publication: 12th February 2013

Genre: Paranormal YA

Pages: 343

Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier… 

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with – her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

 In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school – but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through… and who she can’t live without.

REVIEW 

I jumped into this book still suffering slightly from a book hangover caused by another series (*cough* Firebird *cough*). I read a lot of reviews for this book and I thought that Pivot Point would be a quick read to help me get motivated to start a new book/series. I didn’t go into this series fully committed. I just needed a break from all the YA drama! And according to most reviews this book would be perfect for just that. I was not planning on being liking about the book or anything… But damn! I loved this book more than I expected. It was a quick read (which I loved) but it also had a good story.

I enjoyed the writing in the book. It was easy to read, it kept me interested and the books was completely unputdownable from the beginning all the way until the end. The dialogue was done so well and so funny sometimes. I had to stop a couple of times to have a little chuckle. What I liked about Pivot Point is the fact that she book wasn’t really character driven. In that I mean that it felt like everybody was just going with the flow. Taking things in as it happened, instead of the plot moving forward based on the character’s actions. It was actually a a nice change for me.

Addison Coleman: None of the characters had really powerful personalities or backstories. Everybody was mostly just your average (paranormal abilities aside) teenagers. But I really did like Addie. She is sweet and funny and cute. I like how she knows what she wants, she was unsure about here relationship with Duke Rivers from the very start, and clearly it was a good thing. Addie’s rebellion caused by her parent’s divorce is so funny and such a teen reaction! I mean… Blue hair? 😀

I’m personally not a huge fan of the oh-so popular YA troupe that is the “Love Triangle”. Although there are two love interests for Addie (one on each path) it never feels love-triangely. My personal favourite is Addie and Trevor. Their relationship started as friends. Addie was looking for a new BFF outside the Compound and Trevor was that dude! After a zombie-hunter interview, a movie night and a shared love for comics their relationship built into something great. Duke kind of forced himself into Addie’s life. I didn’t like that one bit. I do think that in a way I was pushed into liking one guy more than the other, which in the end made sense, but keep it subtle.

He (Trevor) takes a deep breath. ‘I want you to choose me, Addie,’ he whispers. ‘I want this to be real.

But it’s kind of hard not to love someone who understands and accepts Addie the way Trevor does. He only wants the best for her, even if that means that he isn’t in her future.

Just promise me something. If this is a Search and you don’t pick me, don’t pick this path, for whatever reason, promise me you won’t Erase me.”

Laila whatever-her-surname-is really irked me. I get that she is supposed to be the crazy and wild Ying to Addie’s innocent and cutey Yang. But still… who pushes their best friend off of a stage to get a guy’s attention? Hmmm… And let’s not even start on her secret relations with Duke. Yeah her mood might have been manipulated by Douche-Bag Duke but I wouldn’t be able to look past that!

Addie’s choice over which path to choose in the end is quite heartbreaking, the fact that her choice isn’t made based on which guy she likes the most is such a nice change.

I kind of wished there was a bit more focus on other aspects of the book. There were so many things that I wanted to know more about. I want to know more about the different abilities, and why there are so many people with abilities. That whole idea was so interesting, but I need MORE! The story line about Poison and Bobby had me glued to the book at the very end. I just wish there was more. I need MORE!

I’m hoping that Split Second will explain more of the paranormal aspects of the story.

I was pleasantly surprised by Pivot Point and it’s definitely a book I can see myself reading over again and again. I cannot wait to start the sequel to Pivot Point! I’m excited to see how Addie and Trevor fall in love again. <3

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Top 5 Wednesdays: Favourite Literary Fathers/Father Figures

Top 5 Wednesdays is a meme on Goodreads started by Lainey. This week the topic is:

Top 5 Favourite Literary Fathers/Father Figures: In celebration of Father’s Day this month for most countries, talk about your favorite dads.

When I first saw this topic there were a bunch of men who popped into mind immediately. Arthur Weasley, Sirius Black, and all the other awesome fathers from Harry Potter. And as I’ve seen today A LOT of people went online to write about these men. So I decided to overlook these obviously amazing men (Sorry Remus) and look at some other fathers anyone would be lucky to have. So let’s begin:

CinderScarletCress

  1. Dr. Dmitri Erland (Sage Darnel) – ** Spoiler to Follow ** I loved this old man since I first met him in Cinder. His story is really so tragic. He was forced to give up his little girl (Cresent Moon) because she was a shell. Because of this, he decided to escape to earth to find the true Heir to Luna so that no baby, shell or not, could be taken from their families. Even though Dr. Dmitri thought his daughter was murdered, she was his motivation to stay on earth and continue his research to help countless families (and later Cinder and her group including Cress)

Xenophelius Lovegood.

2. Xenophilius Lovegood – The first time I read the Harry Potter series I thought Xenophilius Lovegood was nuttier than squirrel shit. I mean, he does seem a little unique, and quite strange. It is obvious where Luna gets her quirkiness. But after reading the books a few more times and really thinking about it, Xenophilius is actually an amazing father. He raised his daughter as a single father after his wife (Pandora) passed away. He may be a little nutty, and he may have raised an equally nutty daughter, but he would do ANYTHING to protect Luna Lovegood. Every girl needs a father like that!

All the Light We Cannot See

 

3. Daniel LeBlanc – All the light we cannot see is full of amazing character! But one of my very favorite characters has to be Daniel LeBlanc. Again here we have a single father raising his daughter to the best of his ability. Daniel is a locksmith at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, but when his daughter goes blind at a young age he makes sure that she adjusts just fine, instead of falling into depression. He builds an exact replica of their  neighborhood in Paris so that she can find her way by herself so that she can have some independence. After war breaks out in Paris, Daniel LeBlanc does whatever he can to keep his daughter, Marie-Laure, safe on their journey to his Uncle Etienne LeBlanc in Saint-Malo. When they get to Saint-Malo Daniel recreates their new neighborhood again. His love for his daughter is so amazing!

4. Etienne LeBlanc – Another character from All the Light We Cannot See that deserves some serious recognition. Marie-Laure’s great-uncle Etienne LeBlanc. Etienne fought in World War I with his brother (Marie-Laure’s grandfather) After the war Etienne returns home as a changed man. He refuses to leave his house and keeps himself locked in his room mostly. * Spoiler * After Daniel Leblanc is taken as a prisoner of war, Etienne is responsible for Marie-Laure. When he realizes that something bad has happened to Marie-Laure he forces himself to leave his house and save her. He is such an amazing father figure. And an amazing person in general.

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5. Last but certainly not least is Dr. Montgomery Montgomery. He is Violet, Clause and Sunny Baudelaire’s second guardian in the series. He is the Baudelaire’s late father’s cousin’s wife’s brother and personally my favorite guardian in the series. He was the only one truly excited to be the guardian of the three children he even planned on taking them with him to Peru on his next expedition. I hoped (stupidly I know) that they would live happily ever after.

So that’s my Top 5 Favourite Literary Fathers/Father Figures. 🙂

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Review: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

A Thousand Pieces of YouMy Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Publisher: Harper Teen

Date of Publication: 4th November 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 360

Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)

Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who mus chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caines’s physicist parents are known for their ground-breaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes – and promises to revolutionise science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered and the killer – her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul – escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows – including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt – as well as her own heart. And soon discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

REVIEW

Let me just start off by saying that this book cover is insanely beautiful! I actually got this book because of the cover alone. I only knew that this book might actually interest me later when I read the synopsis. And boy am I glad I found this book (Well technically my boyfriend found it, but still). This book was such an amazing read! It took me on an emotional roller coaster through the loss of a parent, finding love, betrayal and all the other emotions I’m still processing after reading A Thousand Pieces of you.

One of my favourite things (relating to the cover) is all the locations in this book. They way Claudia Gray described Russia, California, San Francisco and even a Structure in the middle of the ocean a bunch of oceanographers call home, was done so perfectly that I felt like I was transported into the dimensions myself. In this book Russian was my favourite dimension by far. Not only did I fall head over heels in love with all the characters in this dimension (even the tsar) but a little piece of my heart died there in the end before Marguerite travelled to the next dimension. You’ll know what I mean after you read this book (which you totally should)

Marguerite is now hands down one of my favourite heroines. I feel like I can really understand everything that she’s going through. I understand the grief she feels because of the loss of her father and the feeling of having to do something to make it right. I thought it was nice that she was into art instead of science like the rest of the family, because all that science talk went straight over my head in the first couple of pages. But I missioned on, determined to finish the book, and I am so happy that I did.

The relationships between the characters were also so beautiful. I love the family dynamic. I love reading about happy families with parents that are in love. The relationship between Marguerite and her dad was so special to me. The only time I felt like ugly crying was when Marguerite explained the grief she felt after losing her father.

I had no idea what real grief was. Now I know grief is a whetstone. It sharpens all your love, all your happiest moments, into blades that tear you apart from within. Something has been torn out from inside me that will never be filled up, not ever, no matter how long I live. They say “time heals,” but even now, less than a week after my father’s death, I know that’s a lie. What people really mean is that eventually you’ll get used to the pain. You’ll forget who you were without it; you’ll forget what you looked like without scars.”

Grief was explained so perfectly here and I really connected with that. But then I also fell in love with Paul Markov (Every Paul Markov). The relationship between Marguerite and all the different dimensions’ Paul was so exciting to follow, and heart breaking at the same time. Marguerite & Paul forever!!

I highly recommend this book to everyone. It’s full of adventure, and emotion. The story is such an interesting concept and I cannot wait to read what will happen next!

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Top 10 Tuesdays: 10 Reasons I Love The Lunar Chronicles

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly feature/meme created over at Broke and Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten is:

10 Reasons I Love X – This can be a certain book, character, author, bookshop, a fandom, TV show, hobby, a genre. Honestly, anything you want to gush about.

So for me this week will be about *drum roll please*

10 Reasons I Love The Lunar Chronicles:

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  1. The Lunar Chronicles is the series that got me into reading for fun. Before reading this series the only books I read were all books prescribed for school (and I had to force myself to read those)
  2. I love how complex and detailed the characters are. All of them have such great backstories (as read in the novellas). Even the evil Levana!
  3. The relationships in these books are amazing. YA usually puts so much focus on romantic relationships (which is great) but I like how Marissa Meyer also showed the importance of friendship and platonic relationships. Cinder and Captain Thorne is a perfect example of that. The Lunar Chronicle group is my ultimate bookish #squadgoals
  4. This series is hands-down the best fairy tale retelling ever! The (sometimes subtle) way Marissa Meyer retold beloved fairy tales and added the smallest and surprisingly relevant details were just fantastic.
  5. Diversity. What a beautifully diverse combination of characters.
  6. I love the strong, intelligent and unique female characters. From Cinder who is tough as nails to the innocent but hella smart tech wiz Cress. This book is full of GUURL Power!
  7. Location. Location. Location. This series takes us from New Beijing to Africa, to Space all the way to the MOON (Luna). Whaaaat?? All these locations were so beautifully described. There wasn’t a moment I felt lost in the character’s location.
  8. Everyone has a purpose and I love that. There isn’t one, stand-alone hero in this series. All these characters are so crucial to the survival of the others.
  9. These books are so damn easy to read and get lost in. You get sucked into this world with so many amazing characters and before you know it, it’s 3 am. This is one of those “Just One More Chapter” series.
  10. The end of this series was so damn satisfying! Probably the best (and most realistic) ending EVER! I won’t spoil anything… BUT I have to say that out of everyone’s personal endings, I liked Cinder’s the most. (I say this not having read Stars Above yet)

So that is my top 10 reasons why is love The Lunar Chronicles.

Next Week’s topic is: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Part of the Year

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